Over the next two or three years Rosoboronexport plans to sign a number of contracts for delivery of Yak-130 operational trainers to foreign customers, ITAR-TASS reports with reference to Head of Rosoboronexport’s Air Force Equipment Export Department, Sergey Kornev.
"I must admit that the fact that Yak-130 aircraft are being operated by the Russian air forces helps us promote the jet at the global market", - he added.
Kornev believes that establishment of a new Yak-130 aerobatic team named Krilya Tavridi (also known as Wings of Taurida) in Russia will also contribute to promotion of this vehicle in foreign countries. "We are doing our best to promote the jet and air forces of many countries are interested in purchasing the aircraft. Foreign pilots are taking part in demonstration flights performed by Yak-130 jets from time to time and all of them have highly appreciated the vehicle", - the head of the department noted.
Foreign customers are interested in this jet not only because of its capabilities in the area of pilot training, but also because it can be used as a light attack aircraft, Kornev said.
He reminded that Russia is going to take part in a tender for delivery of multi-role fighters to Malaysian air forces. "So far we haven’t received any notifications related to the tender from the Malaysian party. We will submit our offer after analyzing the customer’s requirements", - he added.
In April 2014 Director for Special Commissions of Rosoboronexport, Nikolay Dimidyuk, told ITAR-TASS that Malaysian Ministry of Defense plans to issue a tender for delivery of one or two squadrons of multi-role fighters and Russian upgraded Su-30MKM fighter will be offered to Malaysia in the network of this tender.